Alumni News

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Alumni Q&A: Jinwoo Jung MFA ’16

For our Alumni Q&A series, Jinwoo Jung MFA ’16 discusses learning from failure, falling in love at the Scene Dock, and KPOP.

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Alumni Q&A: Rebecca Mellinger BA ’17

For our Alumni Q&A series, Rebecca Mellinger BA ’17 discusses her work using entertainment and media platforms to drive social change, advice for students and more.

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Alumni Q&A: Kendall Johnson MFA ’14

In our Alumni Q&A series, we caught up with Kendall Johnson MFA ’14 to discuss what he’s working on professionally, his favorite USC experience, advice for students and more.

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Raising Voices

SDA alum JP Karliak launched Queer Vox to bring authenticity to a growing number of LGBTQ+ characters in animation and video games

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Alumni Q&A: Elizabeth O’Connell BA ’84

In our Alumni Q&A series, we caught up the alumna to discuss her favorite experience at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, returning to the Bing Theatre, advice for students and more.

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Alumnae Lauren Cole, Isabella Dake and Anastasia Zavodnick

Interns turned full time: these alums now oversee student hires at their respective companies

Offered career positions after interning, Lauren Cole BA '20, Isabella Dake BA '20 and Anastasia Zavodnick BA '21 mentor their own interns and turn to the SDA Professional Development Center and the Trojan Family to hire students.

Offered career positions after interning, Lauren Cole BA ’20, Isabella Dake BA ’20 and Anastasia Zavodnick BA ’21 mentor their own interns and turn to the SDA Professional Development Center and the Trojan Family to hire students.

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Kirstin Eggers and Stevie Johnson

Kirstin Eggers and Stevie Johnson join full-time faculty

The alumni and educators transitioned to their roles as assistant professors of theatre practice this spring.

The alumni and educators transitioned to their roles as assistant professors of theatre practice this spring.

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Jennifer Wheeler Kahn BFA ’04 breathes new life into old theatre materials as sustainable fashion goods

The stage management alumna's Scenery Bags transforms theatrical leftovers, including SDA's recycled Bing Theatre curtain, and donates a portion of proceeds to theatre programs.

The stage management alumna’s Scenery Bags transforms theatrical leftovers, including SDA’s recycled Bing Theatre curtain, and donates a portion of proceeds to theatre programs.

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Howard Schmitt in the SDA Costume Shop

Alumni Memories: April 11

Loyal alumnus and staff member Howard Schmitt shares his thoughts on the Trojan identity.

Loyal alumnus and staff member Howard Schmitt shares his thoughts on the Trojan identity.

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Madigan Stehly and Ben Green accept an Emmy Award on stage

From the USC stage to illuminating the Oscars and winning Emmys

Madigan Stehly BFA ’14 utilizes his theatre-based roots at USC to become an Emmy-winning lighting director.

Madigan Stehly BFA ’14 utilizes his theatre-based roots at USC to become an Emmy-winning lighting director.

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